Virtual R&D teams in small and medium enterprises: a literature review

Ale Ebrahim, N.; Ahmed, S.; Taha , Z. (2009) Virtual R&D teams in small and medium enterprises: a literature review. Scientific Research and Essays, 4 (13). pp. 1575-1590. ISSN 1992-2248

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    Abstract

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the driving engine behind economic growth. While SMEs play a critical role in generating employment and supporting trade, they face numerous challenges, the prominent among them are the need to respond to fasting time-to-market, low-cost and rapid solutions to complex organizational problems. Towards that end, research and development (R & D) aspect deserves particular attention to promote and facilitate the operations of SMEs. Virtual R & D team could be a viable option. However, literature shows that virtual R & D teaming in SMEs is still at its infancy. This article provides a comprehensive literature review on different aspects of virtual R & D teams collected from the reputed publications. The purpose of the state-of-the-art literature review is to provide an overview on the structure and dynamics of R & D collaboration in SMEs. Specifying the foundation and importance of virtual teams, the relationship between virtual R & D team and SMEs has been examined. It concludes with the identification of the gaps in the existing literatures and calls for future research. It is argued that setting-up an infrastructure for virtual R & D team in SMEs still requires a large amount of engineering efforts and deserves consideration at top level management.

    Item Type: Article
    Creators:
    1. Ale Ebrahim, N.(Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya )
    2. Ahmed, S.(Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya )
    3. Taha , Z.(Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya)
    Journal or Publication Title: Scientific Research and Essays
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual teams, small and medium enterprises, literature review
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    T Technology > T Technology (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
    Depositing User: Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2011 09:25
    Last Modified: 14 Oct 2011 09:25
    URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/2175

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